TESOL Guatemala: how to teach in Central America?
by Lyanne Smythe
With Mexico to the north, Belize to the northeast and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast, Guatemala is one of the most bio-diverse countries in Central America. Not only is Guatemala a historically significant country and a paradise, it is also a hot bed for English teaching.
Spanish is the major language spoken in Guatemala with a high demand for English. You may want top learn some Spanish since unlike Spain most people in Central America have no working knowledge of the English language.
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Several TESOL courses are being offered in Guatemala and likewise the need for English teachers is of high demand.
Since getting a work visa in Guatemala is difficult and most foreigners work on a tourist visa, thorough planning before embarking on an English teaching career is necessary. Though some academies are fine with a college diploma, getting yourself certified is a great way to get good English teaching jobs.
Quetzaltenango, commonly known as Xela is the educational center of Guatemala. It is likewise a good place to search for work as an English teacher. There are 6 schools in Xela that offer English lessons and 4 of those: (BestEnglishSchool, Instituto Central America, Instituto Guatemalteco Americano and Inter-AmericaSchool) accept foreign teachers.
The schools offer different benefits depending on your qualifications as an English teacher. The estimated salary for English teachers is between $2.00 to $5.00 per hour in language schools and $5.00 to $8.00 per hour for private lessons.
The cost of living in Guatemala is relatively low. One can get a furnished one bedroom apartment for $250 to $350 per month. Most Guatemalan cities and towns have several restaurants. Corn is a staple food in Guatemala and is often served in the form of a tortilla. Fruits and vegetables are cheaper than in Europe and in the US, however imported goods are just as expensive as in they are in G8 countries.
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